U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Long Beach, CA
A 37-year-old male asked:

After open inguinal hernia surgery 3 weeks ago on the left side, my left testicle doesn't raise up anymore. it was normal before, worried.

2 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Cremaster Muscle: The vas and blood vessels to the testicle are covered by a muscle layer that has to be divided when performing an open inguinal hernia repair, called the cremaster muscle. Depending how extensive the dissection, your testicle may not raise up any more. While i can understand your concern, this should have no major effect on your testicle function. Please discuss with your surgeon.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Sometimes: Surgeon needs to cut some of cremasteric muscle to repair hernia. It has very little to do with testicular function. You should not be concerned, but ask your surgeon just to be sure.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

Nichols, SC
A 46-year-old female asked:

Inguinal hernia surgery 3 mths ago. Left testicle is still enlarged. Is this normal? What could it be?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
May be normal : Firstly, it is normal to have testicles that are different sizes. Reasons why one could appear to change size is fluid around it, that could be the result of a normal reaction after inguinal hernia repair. If its still bothering you or enlarged after six months, see your surgeon for an exam. Hope this helps!
Last updated Dec 4, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.